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August 8, 2011

Splitters and Lumpers – Part 3

Filed under: Funny Synomyms,History — exoligu @ 4:04 pm

Now, I shall give you an example concerning the distinction between two different ways of perceiving the world. There are people that are looking for details, and there are people who are searching for generalities. Of course, anybody can imagine a lot of instances where this distinction is obvious. It is so trivial and plain separation.

This simple idea was in my mind for a long time ago. But only recently, by fortune, the perfect words came up into my face. Only then did I realize how important is to settle your ideas into the proper shape. Splitters and Lumpers: these two words provided me with good instruments in order to grasp the above mentioned distinction between two different ways of perceiving the world.

My synonyms:

to settle = to fix = to arrange

to grasp = to comprehend

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August 5, 2011

Splitters and Lumpers – Part 2

Filed under: Funny Synomyms,History — exoligu @ 9:30 am

Sometimes there are words that are playing hide-and-seek with you. You are aware that something is happening, but you can’t find out the proper word to express yourself. And then, suddenly, you might discover some phrases that illuminate you. I need hardly say that after you hear about them everything became very clear and simple. It is such a joy to detect some long-sought phrases. Usually, finding them it will take you aback. And the unavoidable question arises: How was it possible not to think of it before?

My synonyms:

unavoidable = ineluctable = inescapable

to illuminate = to enlighten

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July 31, 2011

Splitters and Lumpers – Part 1

Filed under: Funny Synomyms,History — exoligu @ 6:50 pm

It is such a challenge to take on a problem and to dig deep inside its structure.

I have had a problem of this sort for quite a while, namely the distinction between Science and History. In other words, the distinction between the interest for particular facts and the interest for general facts. And this distinction and the trail of ideas that surrounded it can be revolved on its every faces.

One of the first tasks is to find a good pair of words in order to speak easily about it.

My synonyms:

to take on = to undertake = to tackle

revolved = rotated

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July 30, 2011

Ladies of the XII Century – Part 3

Filed under: Funny Synomyms,History — exoligu @ 3:18 pm

Even more, we might be not aware of the fact that every writing, in the XII century, was conceived by a man (maybe a priest), written for men, with men as central characters. Historian’s task is to elucidate this sort of  things. Our task is to read carefully George Duby’s paper and to commence criticizing it.

My favored questions are What is he relying on? Aren’t we taken in by his authority? After all, we know so little about that period of time so that one can say it is better not to talk of subjects like this (at least when we are interested in truth; when we are interested in imagining another realities we are, of course, entitled to).

My synonyms:

to elucidate = to clarify = to clear up

to commence = to begin = to start out

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July 29, 2011

Ladies of the XII Century – Part 2

Filed under: Funny Synomyms,History — exoligu @ 2:09 pm

George Duby is also trying to get rid of some misleading interpretations of well-known texts and love stories. For example, he is entitled to provide us with a more accurate image of Abelard and Heloise’s letters.

The historian prevents us for being deceived by our conception of letter writing. It is enough to understand that within the XII century to compose a letter or to send a letter was quite different from our way of changing letters. There was certain rules, very conventional rules. All that was written had to be presented in front of an audience, it had to be read aloud and nevertheless it had to be moralizing. I suppose this is a matter of some surprise for us.

My synonyms:

to get rid of = to dispose = to do away with = to end = to terminate

deceived = deluded

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July 28, 2011

Ladies of the XII Century – Part 1

Filed under: Funny Synomyms,History — exoligu @ 5:55 pm

The intellectual interests of the present time are reflecting in historical texts. Speaking about a book like Ladies of the XII Century we dare say that it is easier to notice this fact. Perhaps, George Duby’s book couldn’t be written in other contexts. In the framework of feminist movement one can easily understand what is at stake in this paper. Nobody should be taken aback; it is a book written to be read not only by experts, but by various people with various interests.

My synonyms:

at stake = in question = at issue

taken aback = greatly surprised = shocked = floored

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July 15, 2011

Warm Fuzzy Ideas

Filed under: Funny Synomyms — exoligu @ 8:09 pm

What does warm fuzzy ideas means to me? A pleasant state of mind, feeling like teaching myself English, while having no idea about how to do it nor where to start.

At the same time, I believe that a good start is half the battle. And I think that a good start is to improve my vocabulary. So, why don’t begin with some synonyms.

Maybe, my next posts will explain in more detail what I am thinking of.

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